Works on Water
This is a group exhibition of 30 artists who explore the aesthetics and politics of water, including water consumption, quality, scarcity, pollution, and reclamation.
In addition, these artists are interested in the transportation of water, rising sea levels, drought, aquaculture, salinization, purity, and the healing qualities of water.
The artworks include photographic documentations of topographic surfaces and typographies of water sources that serve as symbols of our changing perceptions about water, its cleanliness, and its value. Other works express with paint, fiber, and graphics the beauty of water and its preciousness.
With fresh water supplies becoming harder to protect and with increased flooding due to rising sea levels, water is of great concern to artists not only as a source of aesthetic inspiration but as a symbol of our survival. Collectively, the art in this exhibit reminds us that water is an essential--and finite--resource, not a commodity to be extracted and consumed for profit.
Artists featured in this exhibit--most from the Bay Area but others from around the country--started addressing water issues in their work in the last decade. However, some have focused on this theme for over 20 years.